‘Why, Mr Selebi?’

2010-04-28 14:43

Former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi disrespected the court by discussing his case with his wife while under oath, state prosecutor Gerrie Nel contended in the Johannesburg High Court today.

This after Selebi repeatedly referred to a handwritten A4 notepad he said his wife had prepared over the long weekend detailing Selebi’s household expenditure for the years 2004 and 2005.

Nel said: “Somebody prepared you for cross-examination Mr Selebi... your wife and yourself discussed the KPMG report and looked at your expenses to see why there was a dip in expenditure from December 2004 to April 2005.

“Over the weekend, while under oath, you discussed the matter with your wife... Why?”

Selebi replied that he had discussed details of his household expenditure with his wife because “[he] was trying to get answers from [his] wife... who was intimately involved in household matters”.

When Nel put it to him that he knew he couldn’t discuss matters while under oath, Selebi said he was trying to get to grips with evidence given to the court.

Nel said: “You have no respect for the oath... No respect for the court by doing so.”

Nel was cross-examining Selebi on his financial affairs, particularly on a dip in his family’s expenditure around the time convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti claimed to have given him R300?000 in cash.

Selebi has denied receiving the money from Agliotti and claims that his household expenditure went down after he fixed leaking water pipes.

He said he and his wife had also not used their credit cards or cheque book as his wife had received vouchers from the Taiwanese embassy which they had used to buy food in bulk. – Sapa

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